Rumors abound that the iPhone 7 will not have a headphone jack. Is so, how will we connect our earbuds or headphones? Is this a step forward, or an annoyance?
Why is Apple doing this? Well, if you look at the current crop of iPhones you can see that the devices can’t really get any thinner with that audio port. Plus, that hole is a weak point in the whole system receiving a lot of stress from pulling, pushing, and moisture. It has been a problem since the Sony Walkman days.
If this happens, then there will most likely be two ways to listen to music or other audio from your iPhone with earbuds/headphones. The first will be a way that already exists: Bluetooth.
If you are thinking of what a drain on the battery Bluetooth can be, or how the quality suffers, or how hard it is to connect, well, you may be right. But you may also be thinking of older versions of Bluetooth. It is undergone a lot of iterations. We are currently on version 4.2 in the iPhone 6s. It is significantly better in all respects than older versions.
If you are thinking about your favorite pair of expensive headphones and how you won’t be able to use them anymore, well, don’t worry. You can always but a Bluetooth adapter for headphones for about $20-$40.
It is likely that there will also be a wired way to use earbuds and other headphones. The Lightning connector is sure to still be the main port of the iPhone 7. I predict that the earbuds that come with the iPhone 7 will connect directly to the Lightning port. In addition, I’ll bet we get an adapter that allows us to connect a headphone jack to the Lightning port. It could even be a splitter, allowing us to charge or dock the iPhone at the same time that the jack is in use.
Alternatively, the earbuds that we get could be Bluetooth. They could possibly even use a wireless connection that is not Bluetooth, but something related to AirPlay or AirDrop. The iPhone has a lot of wireless tech on and Apple may invent something with even better quality, battery use and reliability. But I haven’t heard anything to make me think they will do this.
So what do you think? Are you ready for an iPhone without an audio port? Would you prefer Bluetooth, or to connect your headphones through the Lightning connector?